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A Moment of Inspiration

Admittedly, supper was a little late tonight.  It seemed like I couldn’t get my head in the game.  We had a few squirrels and a few fish to eat, and how do you make those two mesh together???  I didn’t come up with a way that really meshed, exactly, but I did get inspired once it came time to cook the fish.  I was frying both meats (comes from having married a Southern man–he likes fried foods way too much.  LOL  But I DID use coconut oil, so that’s a win.), but I couldn’t find any cornmeal to fry the fish like normal.  So I was sitting there, looking at this fish, trying to decide what to do.  I didn’t want to just use flour.  And I kind of wanted it to be THM-friendly.  Then all of a sudden, it hit me.  Pecan crusted fish.  Oh, and parmesan.  (I had the parmesan out for another purpose, so that was the source of inspiration for that.  😉 )  I quickly chopped some pecans really fine (I LOVE my Pampered Chef chopper for this–super quick and easy!), added some golden flax meal, and some parmesan.  DONE.  I seasoned the fish a little before I dipped it in the egg wash I had leftover from the squirrel, then into the pecan mixture, patted the mixture on nice and thick to make a good crust, and pan-fried it in just a thin layer of oil.  So delicious!
The egg wash was simple–one egg, chipotle Tabasco sauce, and a splash of heavy cream (use a little more or less, depending on how much egg wash you need.  A little almond milk or water will loosen the wash up a little, too.  This time I wanted it pretty thick, though.)

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Parmesan-Pecan Crusted Fish
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This makes delicious fish, but I'm sure you could also do chicken breast.
Recipe type: S
Cuisine: THM
Serves: varies
  • coconut oil for frying
  • ½-3/4 c. finely chopped pecans
  • ⅓-1/2 c. grated parmesan cheese (not fresh)
  • ¼-1/3 c. golden flax meal
  • seasoning salt
  • fish (we did 10 smallish trout, and it was just barely enough)
  • egg wash (see above)
  1. Put the coconut oil in the pan, and get it heating.
  2. Mix the pecans, cheese, and flax meal.
  3. Season both sides of the fish lightly with seasoning salt.
  4. Dip in the egg wash, then in the pecan mixture.
  5. Fry on medium to medium high, with the lid on. Check the underside and flip when a dark golden color. Enjoy!


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